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News roundup - Saturday, 28 August

Ljubljana, 28 August - Below is a roundup of major events on Saturday, 28 August:

Slovenia reports 538 coronavirus cases for Friday

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia confirmed 538 coronavirus infections on Friday as the test positivity rate remained high, standing at 17.3%. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 population increased by 13 to 229, show fresh official data. Hospitalisations rose by four to 121 with 22 patients in intensive care, same as the day before. Two persons with Covid-19 died to put Slovenia's death toll at 4,776. The estimate of active cases in the country was up by 275 to 4,893.

Evacuation of Afghan who helped Slovenia no longer possible via Kabul airport

LJUBLJANA/KABUL, Afghanistan - The Defence Ministry is striving to get out of Afghanistan the remaining Afghan national of the two who had assisted the Slovenian troops, and his family. After a number of attempts to get them safely to Kabul airport, this evacuation route is unfortunately no longer possible in light of the escalating security situation, but other options are being considered, the ministry said.

Transit rules remain in place at least until 5 September

LJUBLJANA - Passengers transiting Slovenia do not need to meet the tested-vaccinated-recovered requirement when entering the country at least until 5 September, in line with a government decree that entered into force today. The list of exemptions from the requirement has been expanded as well. Moreover, persons over 15 exercising in indoor sports facilities need to meet the requirement as of today.

Carlos Pascual wins prize for best short story collection of the year

NOVO MESTO - Carlos Pascual, a Mexican author who has been living in Slovenia for years, won the Novo Mesto Prize for the best collection of short stories of the year for his work Nezakonita Melanholija (Unlawful Melancholy) on Friday evening. The collection plays with the concept of the chronicle genre in an ingenious way, according to critics. This marks the first time the winner of the prize, conferred by the Goga publisher, was not born in Slovenia.

EBRD head: Support for financial sector continues, with focus on green and digital transitions

LJUBLJANA - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has no plans for direct equity investment in the Slovenian financial sector, but it does intend to continue to support it through market investment. It is ready to support the economy in its green transition and digitalisation, EBRD head Odile Renaud-Basso told the STA in an interview. The EBRD plans to continue to invest in Slovenia's private sector, both through equity financing and lending.

Slovenia must allow deported Cameroonian to return, Dnevnik reports

LJUBLJANA - The Supreme Court has ruled that Slovenia must allow a Cameroonian asylum seeker who was deported from Slovenia twice in 2019 to enter the country and request asylum status in what is a landmark decision, the daily Dnevnik reported. The Cameroonian is currently in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The court's ruling, which was handed down in April, is final and no appeals are possible. The InfoKolpa initiative warned the ministry had not wanted to implement the ruling for the past four months. The police said it had "forwarded information about the implementation of the ruling via a law firm which represented the foreigner".

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